Bengals’ Terence Newman likely out; Chargers’ Ryan Matthews probable


Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) tackles Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (85) in the first quarter of a preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

MCL sprains are tough injuries to come back from, and it appears starting cornerback Terence Newman isn’t healing fast enough, leaving him doubtful to play this weekend when the Cincinnati Bengals host the San Diego Chargers:

Even though the Bengals have four other players listed as questionable, more often than not, that designation has led to players being able to suit up. Given this being a playoff game, expect at least three of those four players to play Sunday.

As for the Chargers, runningback Ryan Matthews was able to practice today and will likely tart on Sunday along with wide receiver Eddie Royal:

For the most part, both teams will be fairly healthy for Sunday’s Wild Card game. Royal missed the last matchup, as did starting left tackle King Dunlap, which forced rookie tackle D.J. Fluker to man that spot.

The Bengals defensive line vs. the Chargers offensive line may ultimately decide Sunday’s contest.

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